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Richard III

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Original title
Richard III
Running time
161 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Laurence Olivier (Theater: William Shakespeare)
William Walton
Otto Heller
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London Films
Drama | Historical. 15th Century
Movie Groups
Shakespeare: Richard III
Synopsis / Plot
The third and final entry in Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare triptych, Richard III (1954) is an audacious portrait of a man determined to prove himself a villain. As the personification of evil impudence, Olivier portrays the Duke of Gloucester with such aplomb that he brings the audience onto his side. This is true even as Richard engineers plots to murder his brother Clarence (John Gielgud), betray his cousin Buckingham (Ralph Richardson), and seduce his niece Lady Anne (Claire Bloom). From the play's famous opening lines ("Now is the winter of our discontent"), Olivier delivers every speech with truly Machiavellian splendor, and his superb staging of the climactic battle rivals his work on Henry V.
1956: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
1956: Golden Globes: Best English-Language Foreign Film
1955: BAFTA Awards: Best Film, British Film and British Actor (Laurence Olivier)
1956: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Laurence Olivier) and Production
1956: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Language Films
1956: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear
1956: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (L. Olivier)
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